Special Announcements

2021 Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Arts

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
Digital Art

Asymmetrical image.
2021 theme: “Pilgrimage”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any digital process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet other guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium (creative software), size, and completion date. Links to commercial sites, if any, where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Digital Art.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens January 1.                     Category closes December 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
Mixed Media

Landscape image.
2021 theme: “Horizon”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any mixed media creative process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet other guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Mixed Media art.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens January 1.                     Category closes December 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
Fine Art Photography

Cityscape or street scene.
2020 Theme: “New Empire”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any creative camera process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Fine Art Photography.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens January 1.                     Category closes December 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, or engravings.

Female Figure Study.
2020 theme: “Requiem”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any creative print-making process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Print-making.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens January 1.                     Category closes December 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
Watercolor/gouache/aquarelle.

Portrait.
2020 Theme: “A New Leaf/A Reverdie”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any creative watercolor process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Print-making.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens January 1.                     Category closes December 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
Oil, acrylic/other paintings on canvas/other.

Interior scene.
2020 Theme: “The Open Window”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any creative painting process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Print-making.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens January 1.                     Category closes December 3o.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Studio Art
Pastels or charcoal on paper/other.

Symbolist image.
2020 Theme: “Proverb”
Images may be representational or abstract and may be the product of any creative process or technique.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Images should be previously unpublished and not available to an image search on the internet. Artists should include a single representative image with the submission. Submission of additional images to be considered may be made available to O:JA&L through a link to an online portfolio or gallery. O:JA&L art editors will assume that images provided through the link meet guidelines and that permission is granted by the submitter to select and publish any images from the linked portfolio/gallery. Each image should specify title, series (if any), medium, size, and completion date. Links to commercial site where images are available for purchase are welcome.

Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Print-making.”

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Editors may nominate submissions accepted in this category for the annual O:JA&L Art Prize.

Category opens January 1.                     Category closes December 30.

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OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters
Annual Jackpot Art Prize

O:JA&L and its imprint BUTTONHOOK PRESS are accepting submissions of visual art for the Annual O:JA&L Art Prize.
Entry fee: $25 (Payable through Submittable)
(Grand Champion) Blue Ribbon cash prize: 50% of Entry fees
(Reserve Grand Champion) Red Ribbon cash prize: 20% of entry fees
(Champion) White Ribbon cash prize: 10% of entry fees

Contest Guidelines, Fees, and Conditions:
· Artists must enter online.
· Submissions must be made by or before 11:59 pm EST on August 31, 2020.
· The entry fee for all submissions is $25.00 USD per digital file. Digital files may contain only one image.
· Entry fees may be paid through Submittable.
· Entry fees are not refundable.
· There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit. The entry fee of $25.00 USD is required for each image.
· All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged.
· Employees of O:JA&L and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
· All entrants will individually receive through Submittable either a notice of acceptance for publication or a message declining publication.
· All accepted submissions are considered Quarter Finalists.
· Long-list semi-finalists will be named and notified by December 10.
· Short-list finalists will be named and notified by December 30.
· The winners will be announced by January 15 and premiums will be paid through PayPal by January 20.
· The decisions of the screeners and the judge are final.

Eligible Submissions:
· Submissions may come from both professional and emerging artists, illustrators, and graphic designers from anywhere in the world.*
· Submissions are open to photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and digital art.
· Submissions should be original with the submitter, unpublished, and not available to an image search on the internet.
· Submissions should not be under consideration elsewhere.
· Submissions will be screened initially by O:JA&L editors.
· All accepted images will be published in O:JA&L
· Compositions based on published material or other artists’ works are NOT considered original and are not eligible.
· Paintings or other images executed in a workshop or classroom setting under another artist’s supervision are eligible, provided such information is provided upon entry.
· All entries must be submitted as digital files through our Submissions Manager.
Image requirements for entries: Submit JPG files. Entrants should keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading. The file as attached by the entrant is exactly as it will appear to the evaluators.

Artists should include a cover letter that provides a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Links to commercial sites where this art is available for purchase are welcome.

Artists should specify the image title, series (if any), size, and completion date. Images selected for publication must be provided to O:JA&L as a .jpg that can be reproduced at 1,650 pixels wide.

Entry fees from the O:JA&L Art Prize support the annual cash prizes and O:JA&L’s pamphlet series. O:JA&L reserves the right to reject immediately work that the screeners and the judge regard as unsuitable for publication or work that does not meet the published submissions guidelines or criteria.

Expedited evaluation of your submission is available for an optional fee.

Category opens January 1. Category closes December 1.

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*Due to SEC/DHS restrictions O:JA&L is unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, or North Korea.